CEO SUMMARY: Lab executives and pathologists have long read about the deteriorating finances at many rural hospitals, along with their struggles to recruit and retain enough skilled laboratory staff. Now the closure of the laboratory at 37-bed E.J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur, New York, can be considered a sign that these long-discussed trends are becoming
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CEO SUMMARY: As part of a major corporate restructuring, MDS Inc. is selling three business units, including MDS Diagnostic Services. Within the Canadian healthcare system, this is a major event. MDS operates some of the nation’s largest laboratory facilities in its most populous provinces. However, finding buyers may be difficult. Since announcing divestiture plans five
CEO SUMMARY: It’s a story that escapes media coverage. As Hurricane Katrina advanced northward, often the first source of fresh supplies and disaster relief for laboratories affected by the storm was their instrument vendor or other supplier. Many of these companies were prepositioning needed laboratory supplies and relief items even while Hurricane Katrina was still
CEO SUMMARY: This San Francisco hospital laboratory hit a home run with its clever use of automated materials management units, originally used in pharmacies. Reagents, phlebotomy supplies, and other laboratory consumables are stored in an access-controlled environment. Benefits have been significant reduction in reagent and other lab supply costs, fewer stock-outs, and reduced loss from
CEO SUMMARY: Pick your trend: declining reimbursement, consolidation, clinical integration, downsizing, and capitated reimbursement. These trends all continued to shape the way laboratories organized to provide services. But 1997’s wildcard was the federal government. Between investigations and new regulations, laboratories were hit hard.
FOR THE clinical laboratory industry, 1997’s biggest surprise was both unexpected and unpleasant: